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Trump's venting may create government mistrust, which the Russian intervention was designed to incite  

Mueller's interest in Jared Kushner grows  

Anderson Cooper: Trump is all about himself  
CNN's Anderson Cooper says President Trump's tweets reveal his priorities.

Trump blames Obama for inaction  
President Donald Trump remained focused on the Russia matter on Monday, questioning in a tweet why his predecessor didn't act to prevent Moscow from interfering in US elections.

Analyst says Trump has massive inferiority complex  
CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd says President Trump won't acknowledge Russian meddling because of issues with his own self worth.

Analysis: Trump blames everyone but Russia  
President Donald Trump, ensconced in his opulent private club of Mar-a-Lago this weekend, had a screed of combative thoughts.

Trump's Russia tweets, translated  
In seeking to honor President Donald Trump's holiday wishes, let's reflect here on what's been going on lately in his telltale Twitter feed.

Kremlin dismisses Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians  
The Russian government denied Monday that it had interfered in the 2016 US election campaign in the Kremlin's first remarks since 13 Russian nationals were indicted Friday on charges of conspiring to defraud the US.

These Florida lawmakers took money from the NRA  

Ex-GOP rep.: Dems coaching the survivors  
Former Republican Congressman Jack Kingston questions whether teens who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting can plan a nationwide anti-gun rally, saying Democratic groups are behind the efforts.

Candidate defends AR-15 giveaway  
A Kansas congressional hopeful said Monday that he's sticking by his campaign giveaway of an AR-15 rifle despite criticism in light of last Wednesday's mass school shooting in Florida.

Woman from iconic shooting pic: I hate it  
Cathi Rush, the mother of two sons who survived a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, describes the moments surrounding a photo that depicts the horror and fear felt by parents of the school shooting victims.

Depressed teen's guns didn't raise red flags for host family  
The Florida couple who took in school shooter Nikolas Cruz knew the depressed 19-year-old owned multiple guns, but felt safe knowing the weapons were under lock and key.

Poll: Most blame Congress, Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings  
A majority of Americans blame Congress and President Donald Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds.

Lincoln named best President. Trump is ...  
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan enjoyed upward bumps in their greatness rankings, while President Donald Trump was ranked historically low, according to a presidential "greatness" survey released Monday.

Court releases new congressional maps that could hurt Republicans  
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released new congressional district lines Monday, replacing the old Republican-drawn maps in time for the state's May primary.

Analysis: Places that will decide the 2018 midterms  
Red pockets. Romneyland. Blue-collar blues.

Internet mocks Trump for Oprah tweet  
Trump zings Oprah, Oprah fans zing back. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on who is more "insecure."

US assault rifles being sold on extremist online forums  
US-supplied weapons originally intended for moderate allies in Syria have ended up for sale on jihadist online forums in the country's northern al Qaeda heartland.

Opinion: Melania, Hillary and Jackie: Are the rules about infidelity changing?  
Melania Trump's experience as first lady seems to be following an unfortunate tradition. First ladies have many things in common: no job description, no pay and, for many of them, humiliating betrayals by their husbands. The latest accusations against Donald Trump, as reported by journalist Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker, detail an alleged consensual affair he had with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal while he was married to Melania and before he was elected president. (Trump denies the affair.)

Delaware man accused of taking thumb from 2,000-year-old Chinese terra-cotta warrior  
A 2,000-year-old terra-cotta warrior valued at $4.5 million and considered a "priceless part of China's cultural heritage" is missing a thumb, but surveillance video helped lead the FBI to both the thumb and a suspect in the theft.

Iran official: Tel Aviv would be 'razed to the ground' if Israel attacks  
Iran issued a strong warning to Israel on Monday in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fiery speech at last weekend's Munich Security Conference.

More fowl news! KFC chicken shortage will hit UK stores all week  

Albertsons agrees to buy Rite Aid  

Serena Williams: What my near-death experience taught me about giving birth  
I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia.

Man wins custody of 13 surrogate children  
A Thai court has given a wealthy Japanese businessman sole custody of 13 children he fathered through surrogates in Thailand.

She was charged $17,850 for a urine test  
Urine testing for patients with chronic pain has grown explosively amid the opioid epidemic. It costs billions of dollars annually and has raised concerns that some labs and doctors run urine tests needlessly or charge exorbitant rates to boost profits.

5 things you need to know today  
Is a visit to Cape Town on your bucket list, but its water crisis is giving you pause? Don't worry; you can still enjoy yourself in the Mother City. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

Danica Patrick: 'It just wasn't meant to be'  

Union workers want Disney to pay tax cut bonuses  

Bride trapped in elevator on big day  
A bride had to call for help after she became stuck in an elevator on the way to her wedding reception.

Flu shot may also prevent heart attacks  
The flu vaccine could do a little more than prevent a bad illness.

Video of man sawing gun in half goes viral  
A man in New York has gone viral after he posted a video sawing his AR-15 gun in half in hopes that one less gun will result in fewer mass shootings.

MLB changes rules to speed up the game  

Analysis: Don't overpay this backup QB  

See how one break-in goes hilariously wrong  
In an attempted robbery in Shanghai, two burglars' crime goes awry when one robber accidentally knocks out his accomplice with a misaimed throw.

$1000: Weeklong guided tour of Italy, $249 off  

Fergie's sultry National Anthem raises eyebrows  
Singer Fergie delivered a sultry rendition of the National Anthem at the star-studded NBA All-Star Game, which took many by surprise.

Report: Fergie says 'I ... honestly tried my best'  

Even Roseanne Barr is throwing shade on Fergie  
It's rough when even Roseanne Barr makes jokes about your singing.

Twitter roasts Fergie's National Anthem  

She's traveling the world collecting people's beautiful moments  
What's your definition of a beautiful moment?

Wife's diet advice transformed soccer star  

Vicious brawl erupts on cruise ship  
Twenty-three passengers were removed from a Carnival Cruise ship in Eden, Australia, after a series of brawls took place, according to Carnival Cruises and New South Wales Police.

Kate Middleton called out for wearing green to awards show  
The Duchess of Cambridge's outfit at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards Sunday may have contained a subtle nod of solidarity to those speaking out on gender issues.

5 things to know before the bell  

Trading app tries to fix 'rigged' financial system  

How broken luggage led to travel innovation  

This startup is trying to stomp out fakes  

Why does Melania stay?  

Trump should be reading this every day  
The Washington Post reported this month that President Donald Trump "rarely if ever" reads the classified intelligence briefing he gets each morning, in a break with presidential tradition.

Parkland students show why 16-year-olds should be able to vote  
The real adults in the room are the youth from Parkland, Florida, who are speaking out about the need for meaningful gun control laws. They are proving that civic engagement among young people can make a difference. The ironic part? They can't even vote yet.

For Mueller, this is only the beginning  
Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment against 13 Russian individuals and three Russian entities marks a major turning point in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Florida student: How I survived the shooting  
I was at school and anxious to leave for the day. The bell was supposed to ring in about 10 minutes. Then the fire alarm went off. The whole class was sort of skeptical about the alarm, thinking it was a prank or an accident. Half of my class walked outside, and everyone made sure they had their phones.

Democrats, spare me your hypocrisy on guns  
On Wednesday, the unthinkable happened.

Experts are urging Americans to refinance in 2018.  

What RA experts want you to know  

Fastest way to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt  

Florida GOP Rep. Tom Rooney retiring  
Florida's Republican Rep. Tom Rooney is retiring rather than seeking a sixth term this fall.

Will more young people support gun control after Parkland? Recent history suggests no.  

Trump to break bread with reporters at tony Gridiron Dinner  
President Donald Trump will attend next month's tony Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, putting the President in the same room with many of the county's top journalists he has castigated in his first year in office.

Common products like perfume contribute to air pollution  
Picture the causes of air pollution in a major city and you are likely to visualise pollutants spewing out of cars, trucks and buses.

Why isn't there more focus on domestic violence?  
The #MeToo movement has prompted an ongoing national reckoning with the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Possible blood test for autism  
UK and Italian scientists are getting closer to developing blood and urine tests for autism, which could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of the condition, a new study suggests.

Winston Duke's M'Baku heats up 'Black Panther' fans  
He may be a villain in "Black Panther" but fans are loving M'Baku.

Oscar-nominated short focuses on police brutality  
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's the value of grainy police dash-cam video of a mundane encounter gone wrong? That's a question raised, if not entirely answered, by "Traffic Stop," an Oscar-nominated short that's making its TV debut on HBO.

'Three Billboards' takes top honors at BAFTAs  
Director Martin McDonagh's bleak drama about a mother's quest for answers about her daughter's murder struck a nerve with British Academy of Film and Television Arts voters.

See the full list of BAFTA winners  
The 71st British Academy Film Awards were presented Sunday.

Tracy Reese's designs make women feel good  
Sewing hems, Rolaids and Michelle Obama sparked success for designer Tracy Reese.

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